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Psalms 12:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; Our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail, our lips are our own: who [is] lord over us?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Them who say—With our tongue, will we prevail, our lips, are our own, who is our master?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Who said, 'By our tongue we do mightily: Our lips [are] our own; who [is] lord over us?'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who have said: We will magnify our tongue: our lips are our own: who is Lord over us?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Who haue said, with our tongue wil we preuaile, our lips are our owne: who [is] Lord ouer vs?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— who have said, We will magnify our tongue; our lips are our own: who is Lord of us?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] adon over us?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Who x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
have said, 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
With our tongue 3956
{3956} Prime
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
will we prevail; 1396
{1396} Prime
A primitive root; to be strong; by implication to prevail, act insolently.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
our lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
[are] our own: who x4310
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
[is] n אֲדוֹן 113
{0113} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine).
over us?
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 12:3-4.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 12:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 12:4

Prevail — By raising and spreading evil reports concerning him. Our own — At our own disposal to speak what we please, who can control or restrain us?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 12:4

Who have said, (c) With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?

(c) They think themselves able to persuade whatever they take in hand.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
James 3:5-6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ... And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

our own:
Heb. with us


Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Job 21:14-15 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. ... What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well]: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who [is] that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
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